About the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

SCRC Purpose

  • Support the research and teaching needs of the university community and other scholars by collecting, housing, and providing access to special collections that are unique and often irreplaceable.
  • Document the leadership and innovation of NC State faculty and alumni in specified areas of interest.
  • Support strengths within the Libraries’ overall collections by collecting in subject areas that are of substantial and sustained interest for the university.
  • Provide materials that support and enrich the many outreach initiatives and events for alumni, students, and donors that are conducted each year by NC State’s colleges, departments, and centers.

University Archives

The SCRC also houses the University Archives and other archival collections that document NC State’s historical legacy. These materials date back to the founding of the university, and many are irreplaceable. They include:

  • minutes of the Board of Trustees dating back to its first meeting in April 1887, just a month after the enactment of the legislation founding the university.
  • documents and papers from all of the university’s former presidents and chancellors, including the 1923 Zook Report that led to the earliest formation of the individual colleges
  • John Harrelson’s correspondence revealing the state of the university during the Great Depression and World War II
  • documents from several other chancellors and deans documenting the great expansion of the university since 1945.